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Fun Fact: In Romania, Vlad Tepes – the historical inspiration behind Dracula – is considered a national hero for fighting off the Ottomans in the fifteenth century.

The reason I bring this up is that there’s obviously a lot of creative mileage to get out of the real life story of a man who ate dinner in the midst of his enemies dangling from stakes, who survived a reportedly brutal upbringing and is far more complex than the horror staple that arose from Bram Stoker’s novel.

The trailer for Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold seems to be going with a realistic spin of the story, before moving swiftly into familiar territory as Dracula sells his soul to a heavily made up Charles Dance to save his people.

Then we’re treated to the usual scenes of bloodlust interwoven with scenes of epic battles and an admittedly cool shot of Dracula (Luke Evans giving his brooding best) turning into a flock of bats.

It seems typical Hollywood fare here and it would be nice to actually have a Dracula movie that really does get to the truth behind the myth but at any rate, this looks like it could be an enjoyable horror/action romp. I’m slightly worried that it may be a tad overwrought (that kid’s voiceover ruins the trailer for me) but I’ll suspend judgement until I see the final film.

Dracula Untold opens in the UK on 3rd October 2014

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